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Collin College Nursing Program Offers New LVN/Paramedic Bridge Program

June 11, 2009 - Collin College’s Nursing department will begin offering a new LVN/Paramedic Bridge program in fall 2009 in which a two-credit hour course will be offered for licensed LVNs or paramedics with at least one year of experience to fast track into the nursing program.

The endeavor also will allow more RNs to be generated sooner to meet the nursing shortage.

“They may be able to get credit for either one semester of the generic program or an entire year,” Dr. Nell Ard added. “This will be determined by their experience and successfully completing both challenge exams and skill checkoffs. This program will be fairly unique because it is for both LVNs and paramedics. Most bridge programs are only for LVNs.”

Once students have successfully challenged the first semester of the generic program, they will be eligible to take the bridge course, Dr. Ard explained.  After completing the course, a student will be merged with students in the generic program either at the second or third semester which will be dependent upon the student’s successful completion of the respective challenge exams and skill checkoffs.

For more information about the program, contact Dr. Nell Ard at 972.548-6883 or visit

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